I didn’t befriend David Ortiz, so 2015 can’t truly be considered a success. But overall, I’d give it a thumbs up. This past year has been one of self-discovery and self-improvement for me. I know…CLICHÈ. But I’m as serious as a cow that can’t moo, and let me tell you why…
1. I didn’t date
Considering I’m 25 and my biological clock is ticking, most people would read this and think, “Oh you poor, sweet, spinster girl”. But seriously, it was great.
Samantha from Sex and the City sums it up well when she says, “I love you, but I love me more”. Dating is fun of course, but sometimes you need time to treat yo’self and nobody else. And that’s exactly what I did this year.
2. I discovered passions
Take one look at my Instagram and it’ll come as no surprise that I’ve developed a love for cooking. Some of my favorites to make: Lobster Gouda Mac and Cheese, Zucchini Boats, Cold Sesame Noodles, and Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya.
I’ve also discovered a passion in regards to social issues. I’ve always felt strongly about challenges facing society – from income inequality to environmental issues. However, I’ve lately become passionate about one topic in particular: women’s health. It is unacceptable that women are given such little autonomy over their own bodies, and I’d like to play a more active role in addressing this issue.
3. I started grad school
This past fall I started an MPA program at UMass Boston. It’s been a lot of work, but also so much fun. During my first semester, I learned a ton AND made cool new friends! Read about my decision to attend grad school here. The picture to the left is my cohort at our end-of-the-semester networking event!
4. I faced a challenge
18% of adults in the U.S. experience an anxiety disorder – myself included. Looking back, I realize that I’ve dealt with anxiety for awhile, but wasn’t able to recognize it for what it was – until a few months ago, when my symptoms got much worse, and became unmanageable.
This was a huge challenge to face. It was difficult to accept that what I was dealing with was “not normal”, and it wasn’t easy talking about it to others. For this reason, many people live with their anxiety, despite it being very treatable. I now take medication, which has worked well for me. I’m glad I took action. I’m living more comfortably now – my anxiety has decreased, I have more energy, and in general, I just feel better!
5. I overcame obstacles
Literally! In November, I did the Fenway Spartan Race, which pushed me way beyond my physical limits. Despite almost throwing up on the Green Monster, I made it to the finish line. The soreness may have lasted for days, but the glory lasts a lifetime. I’m a SPARTAN, biotch!!
I am pumped to see what 2016 brings. See ya next year, peeps!! 🙂